Six Layer Magic Bars (only 6 ingredients!)


So I’m totally late to this party, where have 7 Layer (or in this case 6 layer) Magic Bars been all my life? I’d thought I’d tried pretty much every classic dessert out there but apparently not. I stumbled upon this kind of dessert bar on Pinterest coming from Nestle, they’d just called them a different name than every other website but they’re all basically the same with minor differences in which type of chips are used. Some recipes use just chocolate chips, others include white chocolate and butterscotch chips. For me personally I’m all about chocolate so that’s what I went with here and I used two different kinds. I made these twice because the first time I didn’t like how the graham cracker layer was so incredibly thin that it almost didn’t even cover the bottom of the pan so the second time around I added another 1/3 of the mixture. I also prefer the sweetened condensed milk poured over the top as it seems to hold it all together better (rather than pouring it over the graham layer then adding the remaining toppings after).

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I love that these don’t even require a mixer. Everything is literally just added to a baking pan and the only thing that even requires a little mixing is the graham cracker and butter – other than that everything else is just sprinkled or poured one layer after another. And if you buy the boxed graham cracker crumbs you won’t even need to crush up the sheets of it first. This is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make (and you’ll love that they only require 6 baking pantry staples). And don’t even get me started on how incredibly delicious these are, talk about dangerously addictive! If you haven’t tried these make them today, they are 6 layers of purely irresistible decadence!

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Six Layer Magic Bars (only 6 ingredients!)

5 from 1 vote

Yield: 16 - 20 bars


  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
  • 2 cups (228g) crushed graham crackers (about 15 full sheets)
  • 2 cups (340g) chocolate chips (I prefer 1 cup semi-sweet 1 cup milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup (86g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup (100g) chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (not low-fat or fat free)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish, add to oven and allow to heat until melted (mine took a little over 2 minutes). Remove from oven, tilt pan side to side to allow butter to run about 1-inch up the sides of the pan, then add graham crackers and toss to evenly coat with melted butter. Firmly press mixture into an even layer in pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over graham cracker layer followed by coconut and pecans. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over top. Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden, about 25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack then cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Recipe source: adapted from Nestle


  • Annie: These look amazing! Do they freeze well? March 7, 2017 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Sheila Atwood: yes they do freeze well June 16, 2018 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Grace McDonald: Are the six layer magic bars gluten free? December 17, 2016 at 12:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No but with gluten free crackers and ensuring the other ingredients are gluten free then I think it could be. December 17, 2016 at 4:10pm Reply

  • Melissa: What if I’m out of sweetened condensed milk? Is there anything I can substitute? August 22, 2016 at 7:44pm Reply

  • Francesca: Ahhh, I love Magic Bars! So simple and so good!!! If I can get my hands on some coconut here in Italy I’m making these for my colleagues. Thanks!!! August 8, 2016 at 7:26am Reply

  • Mary: I’ve been making these for years, but they are a 7 layer bar. The recipe calls for butterscotch chips, in addition to the items in your recipe. But peanut butter chips are also really good! August 7, 2016 at 6:54pm Reply

    • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden: I really like your idea of peanut butter chips! I used to munch on those as my “snack” when I was a little kid. Now that I have kids, I need to make these. That melty chocolate in the middle is melting my heart. Yum!!!! August 8, 2016 at 5:28am Reply

  • Cheryl Baker: I love these bars. My aunt sent a box of these to me when I was in college in the late 60’s….and called them “Hello Dolly” bars. August 7, 2016 at 4:27pm Reply

  • Donna Howard: Can’t wait to make these. Could you please clarify what size pan to use? Not sure if it’s a big sheet pan or a small one?? Thanks! August 7, 2016 at 5:16am Reply

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